If you're a fan of food, or the reality show "Food Truck Wars," it shouldn't take much to get you to decide to come to downtown Indianapolis on March 5. Jeannette Keating of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture says it's the official kickoff to Agriculture Appreciation month, and festivities will include the appearance of 10 food trucks downtown!
The event also features a celebration sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers, known as IFoF, which is supported by various ag commodity groups and farm organizations within the state. There will be a luncheon celebration in the North Atrium of the Statehouse from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The public is invited.
Secretary of Agriculture Sue Ellspermann will announce winners of the youth essay contest sponsored by IFoF. In the past, 200 youth have competed in this contest. At the same time and place, Cameron Mann, a Cloverdale farm girl and 2012-2013 Indiana state FFA president, will read an official proclamation for the month. This event kicks off the celebration that reaches a peak on National Ag Day, which is March 19. Including state FFA officers in the proceedings has become a tradition for this kick-off celebration.
Now about those food trucks: from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Keating says 10 food trucks will be parked along Senate Avenue. Owners of the food trucks are counting on the public coming and sampling their fare.
Many counties have their own ag day celebrations, which range from ag day breakfasts or farmer-share breakfasts, where people pay the cost of what a farmer gets from the breakfast, usually less than $1 per person. Others hold activities at local shopping malls to inform the public about agriculture and its purposes.